FAST food is killing small business in Springfield according to The Greek owner Roy Theodoulou who will close his restaurant next month.
The dine-in and takeaway restaurant and bar — ranked the best in Springfield on public review platform Tripadvisor — had been open for more than three years.
But Mr Theodoulou said his once packed restaurant had suffered a debilitating drop in trade with the recent influx of fast food franchises.
McDonalds, Red Rooster, Guzman Y Gomez and Zarraffas opened in Augustine Heights over the past 12 months.
A fourth McDonalds and a Hungry Jacks were planned for Springfield.
Carl’s Junior Burger and a Krispy Kreme drivethru recently opened at Redbank Plains.
A “heartbroken” Mr Theodoulou urged diners to support local, family-run restaurants or he said more would undoubtedly be forced to close.
“This was the dream, owning my own businesses. We should have been here a hell of a lot longer. It is soul destroying,” he said.
His seven staff would all be looking for new work.
“My message for the people of Springfield is start supporting small local business, eat healthier and survive a hell of a lot longer,” Mr Theodoulou said.
“I’m gutted with the amount of junk food allowed in these areas.”
Mr Theodoulou said he had tried to boost his business using social media but had little success.
When he announced the restaurants closure on Facebook, more than 200 people responded. But a post about an upcoming Valentines Night at the restaurant had only 20 comments.
Springfield Land Corporation Director of Commercial Development Naren Sinnathamby rejected the suggestion that all small businesses were suffering under the fast food giants.
He pointed to Springfield eateries Thai Emperor and Lotus Cafe who he said were thriving.
Mr Sinnathamby suggested those who were not should look at their marketing strategies.
“I want our businesses to do well, and I feel a personal sense of obligation for them to do well since they bought into a dream that (Springfield Land Corporation) espoused,” he said.
“At the moment there are very few restaurants in Greater Springfield. These restaurateurs need to learn how to adapt by using social media.”
The Greek’s last day of trade is March 31.